Suffering with allergies isn’t fair, or fun, but you can improve your quality of life with the right air purifier. Here are the 5 biggest mistakes to avoid when choosing features in your cleaner.

Buying The Wrong Size – The technical specifications online or a hard copy of the product manual will let you know how many square feet the unit is designed to clean. It is important to accurately measure your home so that you can match the unit’s capacity to the space you have. Choosing a cleaner that cannot clean the amount of less space that you have is a recipe for disaster.

Instead match the size of the space that you have with a cleaner that can clean that amount of space or even more square footage than you have. Oversizing rather than under sizing will give you a better chance of reducing the level of pollutants. And a lower level of irritants can mean a decrease in the number and severity of allergy flare ups.

Cheap Cleaner – You know the old saying "you get what you pay for", well it’s true. A low cost cleaner usually means that there is no filter or only one filter. And the fewer filters a cleaner has the less effective it will be. A cheaper cleaner can also have a motor that is not able to provide continuous filtration. Pollutants don’t take a break and neither should cleaner.

Instead choose a cleaner with multiple filters. The more filters the longer it will be before a filter change is needed. Fewer filter changes mean it will ultimately cost less to filter your air.

High Maintenance – Often you don’t have a choice about high maintenance people in your life, but paying money for a cleaner that needs constant attention doesn’t seem like a smart move. Many times maintenance can mean interruption in filtration which allows pollutants to build to a level that can cause symptoms that range from annoying to debilitating.

To avoid frequent interruptions in filtration, look for a filter that requires little maintenance and one that does not require you to go inside the unit or turn off while performing maintenance. The best units at most may require an occasional vacuuming on the outside and usually have filters that can last for 5 years or more.

No Warranty – This should be a huge red flag. If the manufacturer won’t stand behind the unit it shouldn’t come as a surprise when it doesn’t last. 6 month and one year warranties are better than nothing, but just barely.

Look for a purifier that not only has a warranty on the purifier, but pro-rated filter warranty as well. This kind of backing from the maker is a clear vote of confidence in the quality and longevity. Chances are you’ll never need to cash in on either one.

Limited Operation – If you’re not very careful; you could wind up with a cleaner that can only be run for a certain number of hours a day. Sometimes this is because running it continuously would cause a safety issue like overheating.

A split capacitor motor is essential if a cleaner is to be effective at consistently keeping allergen levels low. This type of motor can run 24 hours a day every day without taking a break. This feature can help insure that airborne irritants stay low and your quality of life remains high every day.

Source by Debbie Davis